Gobi-Central Mongolian tour

A visit to the Mongolian Gobi is definitely an experience everyone should have at least once in their lifetime. It is a journey well worth the effort and you will have fond memories to last you forever. Imagine yourself on top a camel, trekking through the Gobi desert. There is nothing around you and all you can hear are the footsteps of the camel on the soft sand. The sky is vast and clear blue in the day and filled with millions of bright stars at night. In the Central Mongolian region you will have opportunities to relax in the surrounding natural beauty, walk around the beautiful National Parks and see the world’s last remaining wild horses or meet and experience one of the last nomadic cultures on earth, where a traditional way of life endures as it did a millennium ago. The tour takes 9 days to cover the Mongolian most popular travel destinations including biggest waterfall Orkhon waterfall, Chinggis Khaan’s 13 th century ancient capital Karakorum ruins, Erdene Zuu monastery complex, ancient sea bed Gobi Desert and many more…It is a very peaceful journey and definitely lifetime experience.

Category - Discovery tours

Lenght - 9 Days / 8 Nights

Destinations - Gobi and Central Mongolia

Tour grade:

Standard

Group size:

As you requested

Covering distance:

2100 kms

Available:

April - October

Highlights

Vulture valley, Khongor sand dunes, Bayanzag-Flaming cliffs, Orkhon waterfall, Karakorum-Erdene Zuu monastery, Hustai National Park, Terelj National Park, Chinggis Khaan Monument Complex, real Mongolian barbecue Khorkhog

Classic introduction to Mongolian nature, landscape, culture and religion.

Choose your own dates.

Customizable - All our tours are just serve as a guide. Choice is yours.

Join us on our  “Gobi Desert-Central Mongolian” tour, which is takes you  through  central and southern Mongolia that gives chance to explore the most highlighted places such as Terelj National Park, Khongor Sand Dune, ancient capital Karakorum, Hustai National Park, Chinggis Khaan Statue  and many more. This trip is not too short, not too long but still can cover some of the most beautiful places of Mongolia.

Brief itinerary

Day 1. Tsagaan Suvarga

Day 2. Vulture Valley - Yolyn Am

Day 3. Khongor sand dune

Day 4. Bayanzag – Ongi Temple ruins

Day 5. Orkhon Waterfall

Day 6. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu monastery

Day 7. Hustai National Park

Day 8. Terelj National Park

Day 9. Ulaanbaatar

Day 1. Tsagaan Suvarga  - White Stupa 

In the morning, our guide and driver will pick you up from your accommodation and start our tour directly driving towards to Tsagaan Suvarga or known as White Stupa. Before we leave the city we will pass some shops and then drive around 450 km through the Middle Gobi mostly by paved road. The rocky formations of Tsagaan Suvarga are located on the Southern border of the province of Middle Gobi. These rocky formations eroded by the wind, look like a ruined city if you observe them from a certain distance and they are about 60 meters high and 400 meters long. This is good place to reach the South Gobi. Arrive at the camp and after some relaxation we will hike around the Tsagaan Suvarga. Overnight in Ger camp. L D

Day 2. Vulture Valley - Yolyn Am 

Today's destination is Vulture Valley well known as Yolyn Am that located in Gobi Gurvan Saikhan National Park. Yolyn Am (The Vulture Valley) is a deep and narrow gorge in the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains. Gobi Gurvan Saikhan Mountains (Three Beauties of Gobi) are three rocky Mountains, the highest of which is 2815 meters above the sea level. The gorge was created from continuous water erosion, and it is filled with ice and snow in winter which melts around end of August. It is wide at entrance and narrows progressively into a gorge that contains ice and an interesting as well as beautiful place to visit during summer to feel ice below your feet. Enjoy hiking and photographing the charming landscape and wildlife. Visit local Gobi museum.  Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 3. Khongor sand dune - Camel trek 

Continue tour to the Gobi Desert. Gobi desert gives you an exotic view of the desert with boundless view of horizons, rare species of mammals and plants. Known as Singing dunes, the Khongor sand dune has an extraordinary length of 180 kilometers and 15 – 20 meters wide and lies on the Northern part of the Mountains of Sevrei and Zuulen. There is an Oasis near Khongor sand dune at the Northern edge of the sand dune. Name of the Singing sand dunes comes from the sound produced by the masses of moving sand can be heard from afar, and when it occurs, it is said that it can be mistaken for the sound of an aero plane. Arrive at the camp and after some relaxation we will visit to Khongor sand dunes. Free hiking around the sand dunes and if you wish you can climb up to the highest point of the dunes which will reach about 200 meters. Visit to the local camel herding nomad family and introduced the nomadic life in the Gobi, and we will have a camel riding through the sand dunes. Camel riding is one of the main fun activities you can do while you are in the Gobi. Our camel man will take to the sand dunes and the two humped camels are very comfortable to ride, as the walk slowly and gently you will be supported by the humps, sitting comfortably between them. Back to the camp and after dinner it will be free time. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 4. Bayanzag - Ongi Temple ruins 

After breakfast time, we will continue our way driving to Bayanzag. On the way, we will pass a small Gobi stone market and you can buy some precious stones even a small sized petrified tree. Known as Flaming cliffs, where American explorer Roy Chapman Andrews found cemetery of dinosaurs and the first dinosaur eggs ever discovered in the world. We will have some hiking through the cliffs and see the Gobi tree grove named “Bayanzag”. Bayanzag, literally means “rich in saxual trees”. This tree only grows in central Asian Gobi. See the short documentary about 1920-s American excavation. After lunch, we will drive to Ongi Temple ruins. Ongi monastery was one of the Mongolian biggest 7 monasteries. There are 2 temple ruins which were built up in 1780s. During repression in 1930’s these two temples destroyed and many lamas were executed and imprisoned.  Arrive at the camp, and after seeing sightseeing of Ongiin khiid, in the evening enjoy the Mongolian traditional costume fashion show. Overnight in Ger camp.  B L D

Day 5. Orkhon Valley - Orkhon Waterfall - Horse ride

Drive to Orkhon waterfall and over 25 m high Orkhon Waterfall is the biggest waterfall in Mongolia and one of the most attractive destinations in Orkhon river valley, UNISCO World heritage site. Orkhon River valley is known as the cradle of the Mongolian civilization holding many of Mongolia’s ancient monuments lie within its basin. The surrounding areas of the waterfall were formed by volcanic activities dated back approximately 20,000 years (possibly Quaternary period). Flows of Orkhon River created a 130 km long canyon through the lava plateau. The area is ideal for fishing, horse riding, cycling and photography. Scenic and untouched natural distinct spot allow good opportunities for hiking and horseback riding and we will do that. We will do some horse riding through the breathtakingly beautiful areas and our horse riding activity suitable from beginners to advanced riders. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 6. Karakorum - Erdene Zuu Monastery 

After breakfast, drive to Karakorum, the symbolic ruins of the 13th century capital of the Mongol Empire. In the history, the city of Karakorum was founded in 1220 in Orkhon River Valley by order of Chinggis Khaan and after collapsing of Yuan dynasty of Khubilai Khaan Min state’s invaders sacked the city and massacred its inhabitants in 1388 and ruined it. After 200 years, Erdene Zuu, the oldest monastery, with 108 stupas, built in 1586 and by various construction materials were taken from the ruins of Karakorum. We will visit to Karakorum museum and see the Great Mongol state period, Stone Age, Bronze Age, Ancient state period halls. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 7. Hustai National Park - Nomad home stay 

Travel to Hustai National Park, site of re-introduction scheme of Przewalski’s horse, by Mongolian’s called Tahki. It became extinct in the wild in the 1960’s, and since 1992 has been successfully re - introduced to Hustai and other parts of Mongolia, from zoos around the world. Arrive at the Hustai National Park, visit Takhi's small museum and continue our way to Nomad family, which they live just outside of National Park. Arrive at nomad family, meet the family members, and you will be welcomed by traditional way of greeting. Then rest of the day you will spend to learn and to experience nomad people’s daily lifestyle and duties, including milking cows and sheeps, bringing the herds from pasture, producing dairy products, helping & cooking Mongolian respected dish Khorkhog with help of hostess etc. In the evening, drive back to National park to see Wild Horses-Takhi while they coming down from mountain to drink water. Overnight in Nomad family Ger.  B L D

Day 8. Terelj National Park

Drive to Terelj National Park for 180 km. Terelj is a spectacular valley with high rock formations, pine – covered mountains and grasslands carpeted with wildflowers and edelweiss. It is a landscape of transition from Siberian taiga forest to grass steppe. In spring and summer the lush meadows are carpeted with wildflowers, and the mountain pine forests and broad streams make this, one of the most beautiful areas in Mongolia. We will see Turtle Rock and visit Ariyabal meditation temple, which is surrounded by scenic mountains with interesting rock formations and sits at top of the mountain. Overnight in Ger camp. B L D

Day 9. Back to Ulaanbaatar via Chinggis Khaan Monument

Travel to Chinggis Khaan Monument. This statue, showing Chinggis Khaan (1162-1227) with a golden whip in his right hand gazing into the distance, has been erected at the Tsonjin Boldog site connected to many historic events in the territory of Erdene soum in Tov aimag, 54 km from Ulaanbaatar. The haughty and yet honorable statue is surrounded by 36 columns representing 36 Mongolian Khaans. The entire edifice is covered in 250 tons of steel. After visiting to 13 th Century Museum and Bronze age museum, visitors will ascend to the exhibition hall using an elevator at the back of the horse and will walk to the horse's head passing through its chest and the back of its neck from where they will have an excellent panoramic view over the complex area and the scenery beyond. Lunch at site restaurant and drive back to Ulaanbaatar. Transfer to your accommodation, end of the tour. B L

B - Breakfast    L - Lunch    D – Dinner

 

 

Price on this trip is based on Standard arrangement-which is Tourist camp accommodation. But anyone who is willing to travel before mid-May need to choose Budget arrangement due to not operating of Tourist camps in the countryside. Budget arrangement is basically local guest Ger accommodation. Local guest Gers are, normally local nomadic family run small businesses and rent extra Gers for travelers and it is attached to the main travel destinations. Comparing to the tourist Ger camps, local guest Gers doesn’t provide shower facilities and you will be served mainly Mongolian authentic dishes. Apart from that local guest Gers are comfortable enough, clean and if you are looking for cost effective options, local guest Gers can be excellent choice. If you choose Budget arrangements you will see and enjoy everything’s as same as Standard arrangements and it is great way to discover Nomadic lifestyle in depth.​ 

Accommodation –  During your countryside stay we provide standard tourist Ger camp accommodations, carefully chosen by their location, service standard, as well as feedbacks from our customers. Most of the tourist camps supply the Mongolian traditional dwelling Ger as guest’s accommodation. Normally, two or three beds are in one Ger. If client want to stay alone in a Ger there will be additional charge. The camp provides restaurant / bar, western style toilet, washing facilities and showers (separate blocks, not in the Ger) and laundry services. Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar does not include, but if you wish, we can book your hotel in Ulaanbaatar in our contracted prices from choices of 2-5 stars

Meal –  When you stay in Ger camps, the camp provides meals of mostly western cuisine and also Mongolian traditional cuisine. Somedays will be picnic lunch or on the way we will pass local restaurants or cuisine.  Most of the Mongolian traditional meal is based on meat, choices of beef, mutton, goat, chicken and, even sometimes yak. So, please let us know if you have special request. It is also available to have and taste traditional dairy products when you visit to nomad families. Bottled mineral waters included in all our trips.

Transportation - In the countryside we use 4 WD vehicles, Japanese or Korean minivans as well as Japanese Jeeps. Prices on this tour are based on usage of Japanese or Korean minivans (max 4 passengers for one car with air conditioned), to ensure your highest comfort. During the Gobi - Central Mongolian tour, we will be driving approx 150 - 300 kms daily. 

Guide & Drivers – We offer you the best ones in our industry by their knowledge, customer care, personality. All our tour guides are highly experienced (minimum of 3 years) and have an excellent level of language, knowledge of our Mongolian culture and custom & tradition. About tour drivers they know their duty, road and vehicles as well as how to make you comfortable in long ride.

 

Price per person

2 pax1390USD p.p

3-5 pax1090USD p.p

6-8 pax990USD p.p

More than 8 paxUSD p.p

Discounts

For children of a family (0-3 years old) is 100% free of charge

For children of a family (3-12 years old) is 30% free of charge

More attractive prices for more than 5 pax

Please contact us for more discounts and trip details

Prices included Prices not Included

7 Nights in Tourist Ger camps (twin share)

1 Nights in Nomad family guest Ger

4 WD Vehicle in the countryside

Airport transfers for arrival / departure

Meals as listed (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)

Sightseeing and Entrance fees according to the itinerary

English speaking guide

Daily water supply

Camel and Horse riding fees

Visa support invitation letter where applicable

Accommodations in Ulaanbaatar

International airfare / train tickets+ tax

Travel insurance / Visa fees

Items for personal use

Alcoholic drinks

Tips for staffs

Single supplements